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Low Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near a tumulus, mound or hill, Middle English lowe, from Old English hlaw (see Law 2). Scottish and English: nickname for a short man, from Middle English lah, lowe (Old Norse lágr; the word was adopted first into the northern dialects of Middle English, where Scandinavian influence was strong, and then spread south, with regular alteration of the vowel quality). English and Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname for a violent or dangerous person, from Anglo-Norman French lou, leu ‘wolf’ (Latin lupus). Wolves were relatively common in Britain at the time when most surnames were formed, as there still existed large tracts of uncleared forest. Scottish: from a pet form of Lawrence. Compare Lowry 1. Americanized spelling of Jewish Lowe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Law, Clow, Bow, Lew, Loy, Blow, Dow, Loo, Lowe, Loge

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Where is the Low family from?

You can see how Low families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Low family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Low families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 282 Low families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Low's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Low families in 1911.
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What did your Low ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Low. 29% of Low men worked as a Labourer and 12% of Low women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Low were Tailor and Tailoress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    29%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Tailor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Servant
    12%
  • Tailoress
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Low. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Low. For the veterans among your Low ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Low lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Low life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Low in 1943 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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